Pavel Filonov - the famous Russian avant-garde artist. His works are famous for the special construction of the composition, the uniqueness and technique of the image. Filonov called his methodology "analytical." His works are a careful development, writing and drawing of tiny details that create a special charm for the picture.
This portrait was painted in 1900. Nicholas II ordered it as a gift to his wife Alexandra Fedorovna. By the way, it was her fault that the process of creating the picture almost stopped. Valentin Serov hated interference in the creative process, and the sovereign’s wife, not embarrassed, took a brush and noticed out loud the flaws of the recreated image.
Efim Volkov was born in St. Petersburg in the late nineteenth century. In his youth, he practiced a lot, drawing sketches from nature, honing technique. In his landscapes he depicted mainly his native northern nature, white nights, swamps, winter and autumn. He participated in exhibitions and was quite famous among contemporaries.
The canvas was created during the artist’s creative upsurge. It remarkably reflects his personality at that time. In one of his first fundamental abstract canvases, the artist uses black strokes against a background of bright color, forming disharmony. All the basic colors of the spectrum and their subtlest shades lay in large strokes on the canvas, denoting bizarre rounded and curved figures connected and running against each other according to special laws.
The boy in the portrait is depicted against the backdrop of nature. You can see the city, green bushes, a distant grove, trees, with transparent brown leaves against the dawn sky, yellow at the horizon. Around reigns autumn, cool, early, golden and beautiful. Overflows of flowers would be beautiful, even if they were an independent landscape.
Many artists prefer to work in kind, without making sketches in advance. Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was different from everyone - he preferred to write from memory. The basis of it was his own fluent full-scale sketches. "Moonlit Night in Crimea" was written by the artist in the winter. In the picture, we see the depicted summer calm evening.